Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Another Light Goes Out

Just read that one of my all-time favorite authors, Anne McCaffrey, passed away over the weekend. That makes the last of my "Big 3" (Marion Zimmer Bradley, Andre Norton, and Anne McCaffrey) all gone to a wider place than this.

I can still remember exactly when and where I first picked up one of her books - the 7th grade library at Serrano Middle School. Lunchtime. We were only allowed to go two places during lunch: outside at the tables to eat or to the library. The outside tables were...not safe for me. I spent almost all of my junior high lunch breaks hiding...er...putting in extra reading time...in the library.

And there I picked up this weird-looking book with the gold dragon on the cover and entered the wonderful world of Pern for the first time. And really, once you've ridden dragon-back, you're hooked for life.




rockcreekcreations said...

Oh! That makes me sad, very sad!! I absolutely love the Anen McCaffery books. The ship that Sang, Pern, Everything!!

Now off to see if I can get any of them for my kindle!!!

Cynthia said...

I'm sorry for your loss. I know how you feel. I felt the same way when I heard Chaim Potok passed away a number of years back. I'm not much of a reader, never have been. But, I picked up "The Chosen" 30 years ago, and had to keep reading. Then I read more of his books. Strangely enough, he lived in the Philly area, and I pass his final resting place quite often on my way home from work. Small world!

Marie Cramp said...

Sounds like we spent our junior highs doing the same thing.
May she rest in peace...

Terri said...

I'm so sad to hear this! She was one of my favorite authors too! I think I read all of her books!

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear of your loss, and the loss to every reader who loved her work. For a mind to create something from thin air, and have millions follow along? That is magic. :) Many years ago, my sister wrote to Ayn Rand only to have her daughter write back saying she'd just passed away. Years later, I did the same thing - spoke to an author's father who tld me the same sad news. Both families were so gracious - and thankful - to hear that those they loved had affected us so strongly, and would not be forgotten. Why not check your local library and dontate a copy of her book that the library doesn't have? Share the love. :)